Wednesday, September 02, 2009

GAG Weekly Challenge Week One

Here is this weeks challenge:

Part One:

Map out a game plan for yourself for that special day. (If your NOT going to one of these, or any other special event this weekend ~ map out a game plan for something similar to have on hand when a special event comes up.) On this game plan ~ you should include healthy dishes you "could" take, and things you will do to avoid eating the stuff that is really not worth it. (I realize that get togethers are okay for some, but challenges for others. Some will indulge and then work it off later at the gym. But the point of this challenge is to have a plan in mind, so that you don't go overboard out of pressure from others, not enough control, etc..) Post this game plan on your blog!

I have a birthday party to go to on Saturday for my niece's 1st birthday. Should be fun but of course, there will be food, food and cake! YIKES! Cake is BAD. Well, I can hope it chocolate cake because I don't like chocolate cake and I can resist eating that LOL! So my game plan is hoping for chocolate cake! Just kidding!

So what are some things I can do to minimize the "damage' of the birthday party. I can:
  • Eat before I go. (Make sure my tummy is full so I'm not tempted to eat).
  • Bring along healthy snacks to eat - low fat chips, veggies and/or fruit
  • Since it's at a park, run around after the kids the whole time (may not be pratical!)
  • Bring water with me to drink. When I feel like munching, drink water instead.
  • Chew Gum!!
Food I can bring if it were a pot-luck:
  • Cut up Fruit (It's always a hit!)
  • Veggie and Dip tray - make sure you have a low cal ranch or dip option
  • Reduced Fat Cream Cheese with Salsa on top and low fat (baked) tortillas
  • Reduced Fat Spinach Dip (same recipe but with reduced fat mayo and sour cream, most peole can't tell the difference!!!)
So what do I plan to do?? I will make sure I eat a healthy snack before we go (the party starts at 2pm) so I'm not tempted to eat the snacks and chips/dips that are bound to be there. I will bring a bottle of water and a piece of gum to munch on. I will also make sure I sit as far away from the food as possible. The party is also at a park so I will attempt to get the kids to go to the playground, if it's nearby, to work off some energy and keep my mind off the food. When it comes to the cake, I will pass up having my own slice and I will eat ONE bite of the girls while I am feeding them. (This worked for me last weekend at a birthday party we went to). So that's the game plan and I'm sticking to it!!

Part two

The second part of this challenge is to post (on your blog) a healthy alternative type recipe that you can take to a BBQ, Potluck or Family Gathering.

I've been so wanting to try this recipe since I saw it in an e-mail I got from Hungry-Girl. I think I will try it this weekend! Perfect challenge for me to try this!

Pump-Up-the-Jam Cocktail Weenies

PER SERVING (3 cocktail weenies with sauce): 75 calories, 1.5g fat, 619mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 3g sugars, 6g protein -- POINTS® value 2*


14 Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks (or another brand of nearly fat-free hot dogs with 40 - 45 calories each)
1 cup chili sauce (the kind found by the ketchup, like the one by Heinz)
3/4 cup sugar-free grape or seedless blackberry jam (like the ones by Smucker's)
3/4 cup very finely chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard


Place all ingredients except for the hot dogs in your crock pot. Stir until completely mixed.
Cut each hot dog into thirds, leaving you with cocktail-sized franks. Add those to the pot, and gently mix to coat.
Cover and cook on low for 3 - 4 hours, occasionally giving it a gentle stir (if you're around to do it; if not, it's okay).
Stir well and then serve up franks with extra sauce on top!



Fat Chick said...

Have Fun at the birthday party! With three kids I'm sure you'll be doing lots of running. :)

Shelly said...

Have fun at the birthday party!
And this recipe you posted sounds deliciuos!Thanks for posting it
Do you happen to know the serving size you should eat of this?
I'm pretty new to this all I need a plan!Thanks again

Shelly said...

Dummy me I just seen it was posted at the top thanks again!LOL

Anonymous said...

have fun at the birthday party! those franks sound really good. there are almost always little weenies at get togethers where i live and these look like a great alternative

Mandie said...

I LOVE your game plan. I think sometimes just having the plan helps us stay on track. You know the saying "fail to plan, plan to fail". So you have a STICK WITH IT! You'll do awesome!!!!

Actual Scale said...

Good plan & I feel your cake pain.
My oldest's birthday is this weekend, Labor Day in fact, so I have to bake & decorate her cake.

Have a terrific weekend & I can say from making it before - those jam weenies ... YUM!